Native son of the San Francisco Bay Area. Masters from UC Berkeley in Soviet History. Between 2009 and 2011, I worked with Leon Aron in Washington, DC, at the American Enterprise Institute. Since 2010, I've blogged at ‘A Good Treaty.’ Read my tweets (there are thousands) at @KevinRothrock and @RuNetMemes. Now also a producer of Meduza‘s English-language edition.
Latest posts by Kevin Rothrock
2 June 2015
Last week, a woman named Lyudmila Savchuk announced that she is suing Russia’s most famous “troll factory." Savchuk says she worked for this office until March as an undercover reporter.
1 June 2015
This is not the first time Russian censors claim to have persuaded Twitter to comply with takedown requests. As before, Moscow’s claim today that Twitter “deleted 32 links” is inaccurate.
21 May 2015
Earlier this week, Afisha magazine's Nina Nazarova published a collection of fascinating interviews with four public figures who have played major roles online and in the news in Russia.
16 May 2015
In response to a sexist outburst by a ranking government official, young women have started posting selfies with the hashtag #WrinkledWoman while scrunching up their faces to lampoon the remark.
13 May 2015
The explosion of online social networks makes it easier than ever for sexual predators, but the Internet also presents women with new weapons against a legal system stacked against them.
6 May 2015
A Russian cosmetics company is using a scandalous dance in its marketing, and a Russian politician says the ad commits a “depraved act” against minors.
29 April 2015
It's still one of the few outlets where you’ll find independent reporting and analysis, but Echo of Moscow has become Russia’s liberal radio station that Russian liberals love to hate.
20 April 2015
Titled "Beautiful People and What They Say to Me," LGBT rights activist Lena Klimova posted photos of individuals in their everyday lives, and the threatening messages they’ve sent her online.
16 April 2015
Young people in Orenburg are changing their profile pictures on VKontakte, Russia’s most popular social network, to a banner that reads, “We don’t want to fight, we want to dance.”
10 April 2015
5 April 2015
We translated Open Russia's interview with Anton Nossik about the significance of Russian bot networks and their legacy in the modern history of Kremlin politics.
2 April 2015
As scholars debated the ethics of writing about their troubles in Russian archives, yet another British graduate student working in Nizhny Novgorod was ordered to leave the country.
27 March 2015
Almost immediately after the contest was announced, VKontakte users began criticizing the Parliamentary League’s decision to make modesty and headscarves the focus of its contest.
25 March 2015
For all the people registered on these websites, only 5 percent of users actually create original content. (The vast majority of Web activity is reposting someone else's material.)
17 March 2015
TJ’s Vadim Elistratov explains why it’s hard to dismiss the Russian adaptation as a failure, though its creators are clearly afraid of deviating too much from the American show.
10 March 2015
Packed full of twirling, burning, zooming images, the video is an uncompromising defense of Russian imperialism, and boasts impressive production value, as well as subtitles in ten languages.
1 March 2015
As it grows increasingly popular outside Russia to dismiss Russians’ political attitudes as “Kremlin brainwashing,” it becomes more important than ever to stop and listen.
26 February 2015
Being gay is dangerous business in Russia, but it’s especially risky when you troll the country’s leading opponent of gay rights.
25 February 2015
“Female smoking,” the legislation’s explanatory note says, “harms the body’s reproductive system, causing irreparable damage to the genetic stock of the nation.”
18 February 2015
Last week, users of the image-board 2ch.hk launched a campaign to test Russians’ gullibility, when it comes to information about the Donbas separatists’ “fallen heroes.”